Samoan weightlifters rolling with four Pacific Games golds already on Day Four

Leotina Petelo has picked up the Samoa Weightlifting Team's second gold medal this week, after her sweep of the 81 kg women category at the four-in-one International Weightlifting Championships on Friday.

She won all seven gold medals available, including the Commonwealth Senior and Junior titles, Oceania Senior and Junior titles, and Pacific Games gold in the snatch, clean and jerk and total.


The 17-year-old managed a lift of 89 kg in the snatch and 110 kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 199 kg.

Petelo, who is from Ululoloa, Saleilua and Saleaula, has only been lifting for just over two years.


"The first time in my life I've won a gold medal, in my country!

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"That's why I'm so excited."


She said it was the biggest moment of her career so far, and performing in front of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sai'lele Malielegaoi made it even sweeter.

"My dad is here, my aunty and my whole family were here cheering for me."


Jack Opeloge then won another six medals in the 81 kg men category, picking up Pacific Games Gold for his 138 kg snatch, an Oceania Junior record.

It took the third attempt to succeed with his Pacific Games bronze-winning 160 kg clean and jerk, and his 298 kg total won Pacific Games silver, and is also an Oceania Junior record.


Opeloge also picked up overall Oceania Senior silver, and gold in the Oceania and Commonwealth Junior competitions

In the same category, Tavita Leilua won Oceania Junior bronze, Oceania Youth gold, and Commonwealth Youth bronze.

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